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for September 2006

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Good for something

Thought I recognized some of the scenery in "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." The board room scenes and corporate offices of fictional network NBS in Aaron Sorkin's new NBC...

Friday desk-clearing

Time to catch up on some media moves. Already told you this week about the demise of the Los Angeles Alternative, Harold Meyerson leaving the LA Weekly, and Tony Castro...

In the Emmis mags this month

Tu Ciudad puts Carlos Mencia on the cover and at the top of its second list of 25 Angelenos We Love. What they meant to say is 25 local Latinos...

Fairfax 3, R.I.P.

Laemmle Theatres has pulled out of the Fairfax 3 discount house at 7907 Beverly Boulevard. No word on what the future holds for the site, just off the corner at...

Around LA Observed (* updated)

Bunch of chewy new posts around the blogs today, starting at Native Intelligence. Judy Graeme stumbles on the Getty's secret art exhibit for staffers only, Veronique de Turenne eavesdrops during...

Morning Buzz: Friday 9.29.06

King/Drew's future Consensus is building around letting Harbor/UCLA take over the hospital and keep it open. LAT Extending the Orange Line The MTA agrees to stretch the busway up...

Times responds in Orange County

After the district attorney's spokeswoman blasted investigative reporter Christine Hanley, the editor of the LAT Orange County edition responded: Susan Kang Schroeder’s letter to her staff about our reporter Christine...

In Colorado...

Wild game still being played between the Dodgers and Rockies. Colorado scored three in the first to knock out Brad Penny. Chad Billingsley came on and gave up eight runs...

Neutra offices for sale

The building at 2379 Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake is on the market for $2,995,000, according to an email from Dion Neutra. It's where his father Richard Neutra, who died...

Antonio appoints

The mayor's office completed its appointments to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment board and announced the new members of the East L.A. and South Valley planning commissions. Familiar names if...

NYT calls Johnson newsroom hero

Today's New York Times carries a man-in-the-news on LAT publisher Jeffrey Johnson, who "seemed to many Los Angeles Times employees to transform himself as dramatically as Clark Kent does when...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.28.06

LAFD captain alleges culture of fear for women Alicia Mathis, a 17-year veteran, filed a complaint citing gender discrimination, hostile work environment, harassment and retaliation. She is president of...

Civil disobedience by appointment

Organizers have been planning this afternoon's rush-hour shutdown of Century Boulevard near LAX for months. The script, so to speak, calls for 400 arrests during the demonstration by workers at...

No recession—probably

UCLA's Anderson Forecast expects the declining real estate market to take a bite out of growth, but not create R-word problems for the California economy. Mark Lacter continues at LA...

Not even close

Remaining staffers at Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press voted 33-6 to join the Graphics Communications Conference of the Teamsters Union. McCaw immediately attacked the Teamsters, saying the union was in...

Never a dull moment on LAT beat

Nikki Finke is out with an LA Weekly story saying that David Geffen is actively trying to buy the L.A. Times and feels confident he will succeed. She also reports...

Going truly alternative

Rather than just fade away after it ceases printing on Friday, the Los Angeles Alternative plans to keep hope alive by publishing on the web. Not just a token presence,...

Can go home again (* updated)

Harold Meyerson, the LA Weekly fixture [* keep reading...] who was editor of The American Prospect in 2001-2, is coming back as acting executive editor of TAP. Incumbent Michael Tomasky...

DA vs. Times, again

The Orange County District Attorney's office is attacking the Times again, this time focusing on an investigative reporter working on a story about the office's chief spokeswoman, Susan Kang Schroeder,...

Talking up a Wilshire subway

Times critic Christopher Hawthorne welcomes the revived interest in tunneling a subway under Wilshire Boulevard all the way to the ocean. He writes today about its possible effect on the...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday, 9.27.06

Still in London Mayor Villaraigosa continues his trip to the U.K. Reward in Valley restaurant heists The City Council offers $75,000 for info on the ski mask robbers who...

Ralph Story, 86 (* updated)

Ralph Story was a big deal on local television in the 1960s and 70s. He was the features reporter for "The Big News" on Channel 2 when the hour-long news...

News of the Santa Barbara 9 22

George Foulsham, the managing editor who resigned from the Santa Barbara News-Press over the dictates of owner Wendy McCaw, was announced this afternoon as assistant managing editor for presentation at...

Lot of it going around

Variety Weekend is also calling it quits. The inside pages tried to draw in readers and advertisers with lifestyle coverage of and for the Hollywood entertainment community: passions and diversions...

Times rethinks 'staff writer'

Last week's News & Chatter post about the LAT sports editor giving the Times Staff Writer designation to reporters from sister papers rang some alarm bells. Romenesko picked it up,...

L.A. Alternative, R.I.P. (* updated)

Another Los Angeles weekly paper bites the dust. This week's L.A. Alternative will be the final issue. In print form anyway. The letter to writers from owner Martin Albornoz suggests...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 9.26.06

King/Drew aftermath With the Willowbrook hospital failing its "make or break" inspection, closure appears imminent. The feds plan to stop all funding, UCLA says it will pull its medical...

Return of the Neon Cruise

We began summer with a sold-out Neon Cruise and we'll end it that way too. LA Observed Night returns to the Museum of Neon Art downtown on Friday, Oct. 13....

NIMBYs take to the air

When the developer of controversial Runkle Canyon threw up new fences to keep out prying eyes, residents at the west end of Simi Valley upped the ante. They got hold...

Worst layout ever? (* Updated)

Marty Kaplan, associate dean of USC Annenberg, takes the Times to task at Eat the Press for Sunday's bizarre inside ad for Time Warner Cable. The ad covers page 37...

Arianna on living in L.A.

It must be let's talk about L.A. month at the blog of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. Last week Sydney Pollack answered questions from Andrew Krucoff, now it's Arianna...

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.25.06

Legal issues of LAUSD takeover It's not at all clear the mayor will prevail in court, says LAT legal writer Maura Dolan. Garcetti's future The Times picks up on...

Lacter on 'the Chandler clause'

Mark Lacter blogs over at LA Biz Observed: Getting relatively little attention in today's stories about the Tribune announcement was a sentence buried in the press release. It relates to...

Arrest in KABC reporter's assault

Los Angeles police arrested Ramon Flores in the June 1 assault on KABC radio reporter Sandy Wells outside the Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School. At the time, Wells had...

Antonio taps homeland security deputy

Arif Alikhan, an advisor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, is returning to Los Angeles as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety. He replaces Maurice Suh, who is returning...

Foreign moves at LAT

Sebastian Rotella yields the Paris bureau to become a roving international investigative reporter, plus a new correspondent in Baghdad. Memo after the jump:...

Light day

Won't be posting much at News & Chatter today or over the weekend, due to some outside commitments. But there's plenty to check in on elsewhere around LA Observed. Mark...

Afternoon punditry

Conan Nolan just left LA Observed Tower and I may be on NBC 4 at 5 pm talking about the Times-Tribune situation. (I was, along with Prof. Bryce Nelson of...

All Saints votes to resist IRS

The liberal Episcopal congregation in Pasadena won't turn over the emails and other documents requested by the IRS. The church's 26-member vestry voted unanimously to not cooperate in the government...

Hofmeister official

By the way, the memo went out Monday that Sallie Hofmeister is the Times' new Business section poobah for entertainment and technology coverage. It follows after the jump:...

Now in your Times-Tribune-Sentinel *

Today's Los Angeles Times sports section carries a story on NASCAR racing under the byline of Times Staff Writer Ed Hinton. One problem: readers (and probably most Times staffers) don't...

Getty does lunch in NYC

Journalists were treated to a four-star sit-down in Manhattan, says Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes, finding the whole thing unseemly. He also reports on a Getty Trust board meeting...

Beards ready to quit together

Nikki Finke says at Deadline Hollywood Daily that Dean Baquet's three top deputies have a "suicide pact" to resign on the spot if he is fired for refusing to carry...

Going for a spin

Tony Bill is a regular around Santa Monica Airport and the Spitfire Grill, which is one of LA Observed's unofficial remote bureaus. He's been flying since he was a teenager...

On living in L.A.

You might think of director Sydney Pollack as a New Yorker, but he has been here for thirty years. He answered questions for the blog of the 92nd Street Y...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.21.06

Board meeting day at Tribune LAT publisher Jeff Johnson returned from his scolding in Chicago to say he had reached "an understanding" with the bosses back at the Tribune...

Another departure at City Hall

City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka let it be known today that he will retire at the end of the year, giving the mayor another senior slot that he gets to...

Antonio's Asia itinerary

Mayor Villaraigosa's travel plans for Asia have firmed up. He'll be gone Oct. 8-21 on the trade mission to boost business at LAX and the port and promote travel to...

Wonder what Soros thinks (* Updated)

Billionaire George Soros, one of the right's favorite bogeymen of the moment, is in town tonight for a chat at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. He'll be questioned on...

'Save Baquet' petition (** Updates)

Today's Editor and Publisher has the wording of the letter that hundreds of staffers at the L.A. Times have signed in support of editor Dean Baquet and publisher Jeff Johnson:...

Lunch with Jim Hahn

Times columnist Steve Lopez met the former mayor at Yang Chow in Chinatown yesterday, and they talked about Hahn's new improved life out of the public eye: a steady lady...

Roy M. Brewer, Hollywood labor leader was 97

John Meroney writes at the National Review Online that Brewer, who died Saturday, "never ran a movie studio or directed a picture, [but] for about a decade he had as...

Coup blogs

Remember in June when entertainment lawyer Paul Karl Lukacs quit the rat race and took off around the world, blogging about it at Knife Tricks? He got as far as...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.20.06

George Lucas gifts $175 million to USC The money will provide a new home for the film school. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives $1.8 million Green Dot gets...

Overseas bound

Mayor Villaraigosa is taking the show on the road, heading first to London and Manchester next week at the request of Prime Minister Tony Blair to speak about global climate...

Tough numbers on Times

NPR's David Folkenflik came up with a good piece this afternoon for "All Things Considered" that fleshed out some of the internal corporate struggle going on at the Los Angeles...

Aftermath of seven homers

After yesterday's post about missing the end of the game to see "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," several readers commiserated — or noted that my contretemps was so old...

Getty parking now $8

That's up from $7 and applies at the Brentwood museum and the villa in Malibu-adjacent. Because, you know, the Getty doesn't have enough money....

Ted Williams, Clean Money campaign

The California Clean Money Campaign emailed supporters last night that co-founder and chairman Ted Williams died yesterday morning.. Funeral services will be Thursday at Mt. Sinai. An excerpt of the...

Tribune answers L.A. critics

On the eve of a crucial board meeting, Tribune Company chairman Dennis J. FitzSimons sent a contentious four-page reply to Los Angeles civic leaders who had said publicly the company...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 9.19.06

Duty calls away from the desk so it's Morning Buzz Lite today... Don't even pretend you're surprised Frank Gehry's vision of the Grand Avenue project is running about 40% over...

Feel my pain

Fred Roggin on NBC-4: "One of the most incredible games you will ever see." I bailed out of the Dodger-Padres game to look in on "Studio 60 on the Sunset...

New TV blog

Perhaps bracing for a premature end to his team's baseball season, Dodger Thoughts' Jon Weisman has launched Screen Jam. I'll let him explain: As readers of Dodger Thoughts may know,...

Lube job

NBC 4's Joel Grover looks to have another installment of his Jiffy Lube expose coming tonight at 6 and 11 pm, according to the station's website. After Grover's two-part investigation,...

Sugerman gets probation

Steve Sugerman, the first former Fleishman-Hillard executive to be sentenced for overbilling the city and other PR clients, today received three years probation and 250 hours of community service. Before...

Gov signs AB 1381

The children's section of the Central Library downtown provided the setting for Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign the bill shifting some control of Los Angeles schools to Mayor Villaraigosa. "Today we...

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.18.06 (* updated)

ADDED: Wall Street Journal on Times Mark Lacter dissects today's WSJ story on the Times and Tribune at LA Biz Observed, including the disclosures that Eli Broad and Ron...

Weekend shorts (* updated)

An evolving post that may be updated through the weekend, with the newest at the top... Meet LA Observed contributor Jenny Burman and other writers from the new issue of...

Rutten says LAT future at stake

Times columnist Tim Rutten adds his voice to those advising the Tribune Company — essentially his bosses — to consider selling the LAT. His Saturday column contrasts the Tribune's latest...

Register's investigative editor leaves

Mark Katches, Senior Team Leader/Watchdog Journalism for the Orange County Register — talk to them about the titles, not me — leaves Oct. 31 to be assistant managing editor for...

Times publisher: 'Stay focused'

After all the morale-sapping speculation about a new wave of Tribune-ordered cutbacks, LAT publisher Jeff Johnson felt moved to email words of reassurance to the staff. Are they reassuring? You...

LAO at the WeHo book fair

LA Observed contributor Denise Hamilton will be a featured guest at Sunday's 5th annual West Hollywood Book Fair. Deanne Stillman and myself will also participate. I'm appearing on a panel...

Morning Buzz: Friday 9.15.06

Baquet's defiance a national story Today's New York Times follows the LAT's Thursday story on L.A. Times editor Dean Baquet refusing to make the deep cuts in the paper's...

Yahoo unloads on Reggie Bush

Yahoo! Sports says that its own eight-month investigation has turned up evidence that Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and his family received more than $100,000 in airfare, hotel rooms, limos,...

Bygones

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and State Sen. Gil Cedillo rode together as teenagers on the Eastside* and did battle arm-in-arm in the labor movement before teaming up when both got elected...

Not a good day for Tribune

In the aftermath of the letter from Warren Christopher and others urging the Tribune to shape up in Los Angeles or get out, today's report on August revenues finds the...

Malkin to E! Online

Celebrity gossip Marc Malkin is taking his act from The Insider to E! Online. He will write the daily Planet Gossip column to launch in October and co-host a weekly...

Chandler's collection up for grabs

The late Otis Chandler's legendary collection of rare automobiles and motorcycles goes on the auction block next month. More than a hundred vehicles will be on sale, with some likely...

Behold the palm tree

USA Today jumps on the palm tree story, pointing out that demand in Las Vegas and Arizona has pushed prices to $20,000 for some Canary Island palms while noting that...

Morning Buzz: Thursday 9.14.06

Not the moderate he seems Maher Hathout of the Muslim Public Affairs Council has been "less than moderate" about Israel and the Mideast in speeches given within his community,...

L.A. leaders warn Tribune Co.

Under pressure to extract more budget savings by further cutting the staff, Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet admits in the paper today to a "difference of opinion" with his...

Style over substance

LA Observed contributor Bruce Feirstein's Diary in this week's New York Observer reports on the odd bits of political street theater that accompanied jack-of-all-trades activist Ted Hayes as he hung...

Married to the Black Dahlia

Yes, I'm tired of Black Dahlia hype already too. But this is different. As part of a BD package in this week's L.A. Independent, editor Tony Castro runs the accompanying...

Huntington gets La Opinión files

La Opinión and the Huntington Library announced today that the newspaper's archives are moving to San Marino. Photographs, newspapers, memorabilia, awards and original documents from the first eighty years of...

Correction o' the day

From the Los Angeles Times: Scandinavian fest: A listing in Sunday Calendar said hot dogs would not be allowed at the Scandinavian Autumn Fest and Marknad on Sept. 17 at...

A MEChista's pain

Cindy Mosqueda at Loteria Chicana is tired of hearing race-baiters on the right demonize a group that she doesn't recognize. Her blog-rant was triggered by a YouTube video that she...

Speaking of museums

Yesterday it was lunch at the Getty, today it's doings at LACMA. Curbed LA got opinion-surveyed on whether the Wilshire institution's name should be changed from Los Angeles County Museum...

Add 'News and Notes'

Along with the changes made by NPR at "News and Notes" reported here yesterday, Nicole Childers becomes Executive Producer and the show takes on more of a multimedia flavor. Memo...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.13.06

Board to Antonio: Keep out The Board of Education told Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that he can't use Roosevelt High School, or any other LAUSD campus, for the ceremony at...

Screenwriting column debuts in LAT

Scriptland is billed as a weekly-on-Wednesday addition to Calendar by freelancer Jay A. Fernandez. For the first installment, he reads from James Vanderbilt's 200-page screenplay adaptation of Against All Enemies:...

Media day at the Getty

What to do when you've endured more than your share of painful staff departures, investigative reporters and international prosecutors smell your blood in the virtual water and your boss exits...

MTA's #2 staying

John Catoe withdrew from consideration for the top job at the Atlanta metro transit agency. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave no reason for Catoe dropping out....

Afternoon police beat

Eighteen members of the big and notorious 18th Street Gang were indicted on federal charges of "selling" streets in Koreatown and the MacArthur Park district to drug dealers. The ring...

Old media sell-off

On the same day that Time Inc. announced it will try to sell eighteen magazines — including Popular Science, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Parenting — the New York...

Can you spell tourist trap?

Christine Ziemba at LAist ponders the mystery that has puzzled generations of Angelenos who strike out across downtown on the impossible quest: why is there no good Mexican food to...

Changes at NPR's 'News & Notes'

Expect an announcement later today that the ratings-challenged News & Notes, produced at NPR West in Culver City, will survive for now. Sources say, however, that New York-based host Ed...

Political football

The anonymous blogger at Los Angeles City Nerd says that Councilman Bernard Parks hosted a Monday Night Football viewing party starting at 4 pm yesterday in the "media room" at...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday, 9.12.06

Dalai Lama in Pasadena He's teaching Tibetans and Mongolians at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and nearby Westin. Fire near I-5 Smoke and flames from the Day fire has been...

Kitson sues over lack of coverage

Kitson, the Robertson Boulevard shop with an owner who is backing a tabloid photo agency, isn't getting mentioned in US Weekly as much as it did before. So now the...

Melanie Lomax reported killed

The Wave reports that the civil rights attorney and former police commissioner died last night when her car plummeted down a slope near her home in the Hollywood Hills. Lomax...

LA Voice offline

Mack Reed's site is down temporarily due to a recurrence of hosting problems. 2:20 pm: They are back up....

'Political Muscle' flexes today

The Los Angeles Times launched its California Politics website and blog today, four days after it was promised. There are links to today's LAT stories out of Sacramento, video of...

Overnight hoax at port

Authorities spent much of the night searching Pier 300 in the Port of Los Angeles after an anonymous bomb threat was called in. A man, reportedly with a Middle Eastern...

Morning Buzz: Monday 9.11.06

Creationist brain cramps DNA testing links the Chumash people of Malibu north to remains in Alaska and South America, strongly suggesting migration from Asia more than 10,000 years ago....

The week that was

Here are some of the highlights from the past week of LA Observed posts, blog by blog. Click the links to catch up on anything you missed: Times politics blog...

Unusual mix

The guest list for Sunday's NBC4 Newsconference might seem like a non sequitur, but there is a theme to it: "courage, fearlessness and leadership" for the fifth anniversary of the...

Arnold apologizes

Once again a politician caught being himself in an unguarded moment says he has no idea how such words would ever come out of his mouth. Gov. Schwarzenegger apologized for...

Measure R comes back

The state's 2nd District Court of Appeals stayed a judge's order yesterday that the City Council's term limits measure should be taken off the November ballot. It stays on pending...

VF anoints a few more

Forget the odd looking baby. Vanity Fair's October issue has the doubled-in-size VF 100, successor to the annual New Establishment roster. Rupert Murdoch tops the list, followed by Google founders...

Morning Buzz: Friday 9.8.06

Variety is changing Today's edition is a Fall Fashion issue — with some dishing on designers of movie clothing — AND a food issue with a lead piece on...

Arnold knows his ethnic traits

The governor of California, discussing the only Latina Republican in the state Legislature with chief of staff Susan Kennedy: "She seems to me like Cuban," Schwarzenegger says. "She's not Mexican,"...

Visiting with Rupert Pole

Today's feature in the Times on the Silver Lake home where Rupert Pole lived with the writer Anais Nin is the best chance I'll ever get to link to this...

Latino L.A. blogging

Changes are happening at LatinoLA.com. The site, billed as "your online guide to LatinoL.A.," gathers together a rich array of community links, articles and event listings each week and has...

Stuck in Alan Rich's craw

At age 82, classical music critic Alan Rich could be expected to look down over his bifocals at the newbies who come along on his beat. And at that age,...

Politics blog delayed

Don't go looking for the new Los Angeles Times blog that was supposed to launch today as part of a new website, California Politics, per managing editor Doug Frantz's memo...

News recap

Catching up with the day... Forget the term limits vote for November. Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien took the City Council's measure off the ballot, ruling — as City...

Ellroy backs away from Hodel book

On Tuesday, News and Chatter noted that James Ellroy's copies of the Steve Hodel book, Black Dahlia Avenger, appear to be for sale on eBay. In today's CityBeat, Ellroy elaborates...

Resume of a food writer

Amy Scattergood is going full-time on the staff of the Los Angeles Times Food section. She might a be a trifle overqualified, judging by today's memo from Michalene Busico, the...

No Morning Buzz today

Posting at News and Chatter will resume this afternoon. New on LA Observed: LA Biz Observed: The cult of H&M, an update on Tower Records' financial problems, Redstone rejects Katzenberg...

La-La LAT

After Steve Lopez's column today ragging on the New York Times for using La-La Land in a piece about Amy Wilentz — calling it a cliche favored by New Yorkers...

Great balls of fire (* update)

There'll be a whole lotta shakin' going on Thursday morning when Jerry Lee Lewis drops in on the KCRW studios. I'm told he will be the guest of Nic Harcourt...

Foshay as official Democratic school (** updated)

At yesterday's Angelides and Villaraigosa rally in South Los Angeles, I sat for a time with Pilar Marrero, the political columnist and Features Editor for La Opinión. In today's paper...

Is Bratton turning up the volume?

I haven't checked back to compare his past talk, but it feels like LAPD Chief William Bratton has been cranking up the rhetoric. In his latest monthly missive on the...

NYT cliches get to Lopez

Los Angeles Times metro columnist Steve Lopez just had to pen a column on the latest round of misplaced New York Times journalism on L.A. The recent William Bratton profile...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 9.6.06

Santa Monica farmers market deaths Jury selection began in the manslaughter trial of George Weller, the elderly driver who killed ten people when he drove through barricades into the...

Coulda been a contender

Don't ever engage Times reporter Kurt Streeter in a friendly tennis match. He trained as a teenager with 14-year-old Andre Agassi, and made the future champion cry. He writes in...

Media snacks

A New Republic piece critical of the County Human Relations Commission for honoring Maher Hathout of the Muslim Public Affairs Council has fueled opposition from the American Jewish Committee,...

Antonio to the rescue (* updated)

Mayor Villaraigosa stumped for fading Democratic contender Phil Angelides today in San Francisco and in South Los Angeles, but it was the mayor's quick thinking this afternoon at Foshay Learning...

Around LA Observed

Over at LA Biz Observed, Mark Lacter serves up a full plate of morning-after-Labor Day headlines including the abrupt departure of Tom Freston from the big office at Viacom. Don't...

Can't say I'm surprised

Arianna Huffington's new book, On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work and Life, has morphed instantly into a new feature section at the Huffington Post: "...devoted to promoting fearlessness in all aspects...

More News-Press shenanigans

Journalists at the Santa Barbara News-Press are holding another press conference outside the newspaper today, this time to complain that eleven staffers have been suspended for trying to present a...

Speculating on Bratton's future

LAPD chief William Bratton could be headed for Scotland Yard or the mayor's office — of New York City. Or he could stick around Los Angeles for another five-year term....

No standing on sentiment (* updated)

One of the surprising things about retired LAPD detective Steve Hodel's 2003 book arguing that his father killed Elizabeth Short was that James Ellroy endorsed the theory in his introduction...

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 9.5.06

Times profile of Jerry Vlasak The spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front and founder, with his wife, of the Animal Defense League of Los Angeles works as a trauma...

State Editor at LAT

Nita Lelyveld gets the nod, replacing Washington-bound editor John Hoeffel. She became an editor in Metro last year. Yes, she is the offspring of retired New York Times executive editor...

Holiday shorts (* updated)

We're joining the Labor Day rush to the exits and setting down our keyboards until Tuesday. We can never quit cold turkey, though, so there might be some update action...
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